Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Kris Draper and the Primus Worldstars Tour

A month ago, it was reported that Kris Draper would be heading to Switzerland to join a Geneva-based team. While this still stands true, Draper has decided to spend the holidays with family, and travel overseas early next year:
"This is a special time of year, and to take my kids away from school and their family and friends, right during the holidays, we just decided against it."
Draper had planned on bring his family over to Switzerland. And, according to the NHLPA's website, Draper is set to join the Swiss Nationalliga's Geneve-Servette. With the NHL likely to cancel the 2004-2005 season sometime in mid-December if negotiations remain broken, we might also see Nicklas Lidstrom and other Wings take to the ice in Europe as early as January. Primus Worldstars Tour In the meantime, the IMG agency has formally announced the Primus Worldstars Tour. Similar to the tour Wayne Gretzky and IMG formed during the 1994 NHL lockout, the Primus Worldstars Tour will run December 7-23, taking the show to seven different countries (Riga, Latvia; Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia; Bratislava, Slovakia; Bern, Switzerland; Karlstad, Jonkoping and Linkoping, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Katowice, Poland) in ten scheduled games. The tour will compete against all-star teams or club teams of each country. Players billed to participate in the tour include: Sergei Fedorov, Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Robyn Regehr, Pavel Kubina, Daniel Briere, Tie Domi, Kris Draper, Tony Amonte, Luc Robitaille, Dominik Hasek, Ray Whitney, Rob Blake, Sergei Gonchar, Mats Sundin, Martin Brodeur, John-Michael Liles, Rhett Warrener, Mattias Norstrom, Alexandre Daigle, Glen Murray, Anson Carter, Petr Nedved, Robert Lang, and Petr Sykora. Red Wings in bold.


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